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SMT student off to Canberra to contribute to political debate

 
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Congratulations to QASMT student, Lara Jabur, will be attending as a national delegate at the 25th National Schools Constitutional Convention (NSCC).

Lara will travel to Canberra to be among 120 Year 11 and 12 students selected from around Australia to attend this three-day event. This Convention will be held at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra from Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 March 2020.

This program is deliberately designed to provide the students an opportunity to become better informed about how Australia's Constitution provides a democratic framework to inspire them to take an active interest in the operation of government. The topic of the 2020 Convention is 'Federalism: The Constitution and Australia's Water'. This will include input from experts and group discussions relating to the ongoing debate about the management of Australia's water systems and the constitutional implications.

Session topics at the Convention will include:

• How do other federations deal with water?

• Case study: Murray-Darling Basin. Historically, how has Australia dealt with water issues?

• What is the right mix of state and federal control of Australia's water?

• Who should have control of Australia's water and why?

Decisions made at the Convention will be incorporated into a Communiqué that will be presented to the President of the Senate – The Hon. Senator Scott Ryan.

Lara said "This wonderful opportunity provides a panel of expert speakers to enrich students about the Australian Constitution and system of government to promote involvement of youth in informed discussions concerning Australian constitutional reform. I look forward to contributing to the debate on this topical issue of national significance."

Other elements of the program will include a tour of Parliament House and a reception at Government House followed by a dinner at the High Court of Australia.


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Last reviewed 04 March 2020
Last updated 04 March 2020